In DBS, surgeons implant a system that stimulates the brain with electricity. The system includes electrodes in the brain as well as a device that controls the electricity. This corrects abnormal brain circuits that cause involuntary movements. A neurologist adjusts the DBS system to address the symptoms of the disease.
DBS has also been approved to treat obsessive compulsive disorder. Vanderbilt is participating in a clinical study to test DBS as a treatment for major depression. Learn more here.
If you‘d like an appointment to discuss surgical treatment, you'll need a referral from your doctor. Most patients are referred by psychiatrists. Please have your psychiatrist complete an OCD Referral History Form before you schedule your first appointment. Your doctor can email DBSforOCD@vanderbilt.edu and we'll send the form. We must review the full history form before we can schedule an appointment.